Maple Syrup and Birthday Cupcakes

This past weekend a good friend from high school was visiting Boston. K had a conference here last week and stayed to hang out this weekend. On top of hanging out with friends, Butler made it to the Final Four! K went to Butler and is the president of his local alumni club!


On Saturday we decided to partake in some local fun by heading up to New Hampshire to go to a maple house where they boil maple syrup. We had beautiful weather on Saturday. It was a bit chilly but sunny and not a cloud in the sky. After arriving at the Grant Family Maple House, we had some food and got in line to learn all about how maple syrup is made.


What we learned is that the sap from the trees has about 2-3% sugar in it straight from the tree. At that percentage, it would take 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup!! So they first condense the sap until it reaches about 8% sugar. The sap is then boiled to evaporate off the water.


Once the temperature reads 7 degrees above the boiling point of water, you have syrup! The guy in the maple house even explained how they use a baraometer on the wall to get the barometric pressure so they know the exact boiling temperature of water for that given day. It was all very scientific and extremely interesting.


The small bottles of maple syrup were a sample from each batch they had made at the maple house this season. The guy explained that as the season goes on, the syrup tends to get darker due to the change in the amount of sugar in the sap.


Of course, we had to get some maple products while we were there. Obviously, maple syrup. We also got some maple candies, some maple sugar, and some maple pepper. Can’t wait to find creative ways to use the sugar and pepper. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know!


Also, since K’s birthday was last week, I made him some cupcakes to celebrate. I went with my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe. I love that you can whip these up by dirtying only one bowl and using a whisk! I dipped them in some ganache and topped with festive sprinkles. Aren’t they pretty?

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10 Responses to “Raspberry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies”

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    just2good — April 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    These sound so good!

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    Joelen — April 21, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    These look delicious!! I love the new look of your blog too! 🙂

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    thecookingnurse — April 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    MMMM, I love raspberries and chocolate!

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    Colleen — April 21, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Wow, these look amazing! They have been starred and will be made soon!

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    Stephanie Wagner — April 21, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    The first step is admitting you have a problem, the next step is sending your fresh baked sweets to your buddies in Indy! I’m here to help you through these tough times. 🙂

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    Deborah — April 22, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Oh how funny, I do believe this is my recipe from awhile ago, but someone turned them into mini brownies! Glad you liked them! 🙂

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    Ingrid — April 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Sounds and looks great. I will definitely keep these in mind when someone’s wanting brownies.
    ~ingrid

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    bcallegra — April 23, 2009 at 12:18 am

    I empathize with your baking addiction and apologize for being a food stalker – I actually made the brownies for work today! The funny thing is that a coworker forwarded me the link to your blog and these brownies yesterday and I was pleased to tell her that I was already a devoted fan.

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    Suzy — April 23, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    These look so delish. I hear you about addiction and waist line. Just have to walk it off when you can….LOL

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    Mermaid Sweets — April 29, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I hear you on the addiction, these look great – must try them for one of my friends who will love it.

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